Newsletter - May 2018
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Summer Camps
We will have a summer camp this year from July 9 - 13. Times are 8:00 am to 12:00 noon each day. This camp will be available for children ages 9 - 12 only. Registration will be done through Trackie and is now open. Click on this TrackieReg link to register. Fees are $100 per registration plus $15.75 for non-members of BC Athletics (registered BC Athletics members are already covered.).

Another Very Busy Month

May, 2018
Whew. We've had a busy time over the past month and a bit. Things began with the Manure Sale in April - bagging, delivering flyers, receiving orders, and then delivering those orders. At this time, we are still working on the last parts of the 2018 Manure Sale.
Then, we had all of our outdoor mCalum Carrigan 1500meets this Spring in a period of just under 3 weeks. The Battle of the Border started this very busy time. This high school meet was another success with just under 400 athletes attending from schools in BC along with one very large school from Calgary. We expected more athletes from Alberta, but this year was not a good year for many of them to come to BC at that time.

This was followed the next weekend with our major outdoor club meet, the Dylan Armstrong Track and Field Classic. Awards TableThis meet was also the Zone 2 Summer Games qualifying meet for MIdget age athletes (14-15). From performances at this meet, most of the athletes who are being invited to participate in the BC Summer Games were selected. We didn't offer a few events and athletes wishing to participate in those events at the Summer Games have an opportunity for eligibility through other meets they may attend where those events are offered.

On the following Tuesday, we hosted another major high school meet, the North & West Okanagan Zones Championships. This meet was for athletes from schools in Matthew and Kelseythe North Zone (Vernon to Revelstoke) and schools from the West Zone (Lillooet to Merritt to 100 MIle House to Kamloops). Again we had almost 400 athletes attend this meet, trying to qualify for the Okanagan Championships which was to take place in a week. Athletes were limited to the numbers of events they could enter, and each school was allowed to have up to 3 athletes in any one event. The top three athletes in each event from each zone were eligible to compete in the Okanagan Championship by invitation only.

A week later, the Okanagan Championship meet was held in Kamloops where athletes from the 4 Okanagan Zones were Michelle Ritterinvited to attend and compete with each other in order to fill the spots allocated to the Okanagan Zone at the BC High School Championship held in Langley this year. These zones are the North, the West, the Central, and the South Okanagan. We had many high-level performances at this meet, and the top 4 Junior (grades 9/10) and top 4 Senior (grades 11/12) were invited to attend the provincial championship to represent their schools and the Okanagan zone. Grade 8 aKelsey Bentzthletes were a little different in that their performances were to be entered by their school Athletic Directors through Trackie. From these entries, the top 24 grade 8 performances were selected to attend the provincial championships. Unfortunately, there were some mixup and lack of understanding about this process, and some of the grade 8 athletes were missed. Hopefully, these issues won't occur next year as some very good performances were omitted.

Results from all of the above meets can be found on our website, at the link to Meet Results. Click on the title of that page go to the page where the results for the meets are listed. 

Around the two high school zone meets, the elementary schools' zone meets and District Championships also took place. This made for very hectic and busy times for some of our officials who also worked at these meets to help ensure the elementary students in SD #73 (Kamloops/Thompson) were able to participate in high quality meets to get to the District Championship in track and field for elementary schools.

BC High Schools Provincial Championship

Congratulations to all of our club members who represented their schools while competing at the Provincial Championship in Langley on the weekend. From all reports, our club members had a very good showing. One set of results had  Phoebe Price-Roberts (1st in Senior Girls Hammer Throw) and Mackenzie Swoboda (3rd in Junior Girls Hammer Throw). 

Our officials worked very hard on the major meets, graciously volunteering their time to manage high-level events at all of the high school meets and our own club meets. Despite the heat, shortage of volunteer help in some cases, and long days, our officials were amazing. We are so fortunate to have sStart Lineuch a high level of participation and performance from people who are mostly retired and giving back to our club and community. Our thanks to them for their work on behalf of our club.

We hope that there will be more people step up in future meets to help out in areas where volunteers are needed. We understand that the high school meets held during the work week are difficult for many to attend, but these are track meets where volunteers hours can be worked to qualify for Volunteer Fee refunds. 

Our training programs will continue for the most part until the Provincial Championship meets for the various age groups. There are some upcoming meets we would encourage our club athletes to attend to represent our club. For all ages, the Langley Pacific meet takes place in Langley on the weekend of June 5-17. This is also the date for the BC Masters Outdoor Championship, also taking place in Langley. We certainly hope that some of our Master athletes will attend this meet to show their skills and prowess in conjunction with the other Master athletes in the province.

The other meet we encourage our athletes to attend is the Jack Brow Memorial in Kelowna on the July 1st long weekend (June 29-July 1). This is the final meet of the season where any of our school-age athletes who are on Training Memberships with BC Athletics can compete, representing their schools (they can't represent the club as Training members). This is also open to athletes from JD through Masters ages.

Championship Meets

On June 23, the BC Junior Development Pentathlon Championship takes place in Surrey. This is a one-day meet where JD athletes compete in their age groups for recognition as champions. This year, Training membership athletes may compete representing their schools (not our club). This is a change from previous years and we don't know if it will happen again in future years, so this is a great opportunity for these athletes to compete against other athletes in the province. Click on this link to see the Invitation to JD athletes.

The BC Athletics Championship Jamboree for Midget through Senior athletes takes place on July 13-15 in Coquitlam. This is also the National Youth Track & Field Championship Team Trials so is one that many of Youth athletes should attend.

The BC Summer Games take place in Cowichan Valley this year. This invitational meet is the one that Midget age athletes had to qualify to attend at the Dylan Armstrong Classic.

The BC Junior Development Track & Field Championships take place in Kelowna from July 27-29 and is an important meet for JD (9 - 13) athletes to be considered for provincial awards from BC Track and Field. These athletes must also participate in other meets in order to qualify for awards, so it is important for them to participate in other meets. Unfortunately, our indoor meets are not included in the qualification process, but the Langley Pacific and the Jack Brow meets do. 

Suggested Out-of-Town Track and Field Meets to Attend

Some Information from your Executive Board

These are some upcoming events and some information that we would like you to be aware of.
  • Manure Sale Thank You Barbecue
    • WHEN: Tuesday, June 12 at 6:00 pm (after the JD training session ends)
    • WHERE: At Hillside Stadium by the Throws Shed
    • WHO IS INVITED: All of our athletes and families
    • WHAT CAN YOU BRING  Lawn chairs, warm clothing (depends on the weather), mosquito repellant. your appetite.
    • WHAT WILL BE SERVED: Barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs. (our executive chefs will make all efforts to not serve charcoal burgers 😏 )
  • We are looking for someone to take on the position of Club Registrar. This is an elected position on the Executive Board that Brian has held for the past number of years. He will work with those interested in taking this on this Executive position to ensure they are comfortable taking on what is already in place and there is a smooth transition. Future newsletters will bring job descriptions for this position and all of the Executive positions.
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